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State Rep. candidate Dan Bennett chatted live with Patch readers on Thursday, discussing a wide range of issues.
Dan Bennett, a Republican, is seeking the state representative seat for the 13th Essex District, which includes all of Danvers, Ward 6 and Ward 5 Precinct 2 in Peabody and Precinct 2 in Middleton. Bennett fielded questions from Patch readers Thursday afternoon on a wide range of topics, which included everything from the Route 128 project to the handling of homeless students who live in Danvers motels. He is challenging state Rep. Ted Speliotis (D-Danvers) who is in a bid for his ninth consecutive term in office and has represented the district for 24 years in total, just not consecutively. Speliotis did a live chat on Patch on Wednesday. Patch.com: As some questions come in, we can start by hearing why you are running again against the …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
State Representative Candidate Dan Bennett is chatting live with Patch readers on Thursday from noon - 1 p.m.
Dan Bennett, a Republican from Danvers, is seeking the 13th Essex District in the state House of Representatives, which represents Danvers, Ward 6 and Ward 5 Precinct 2 in Peabody and about half of Middleton. Ted Speliotos (D-Danvers), who is currently in the seat, chatted with Patch readers on Wednesday. Login to the chat with your questions for Bennett between noon and 1 p.m. on Thursday. A complete transcript will be available afterward.
Speliotis engaged in some back-and-forth debate with readers on several longstanding projects in the district.
State Rep. Ted Speliotis, who is engaged in a bid for his ninth consecutive term in office, fielded questions from Patch readers Wednesday afternoon on a wide range of topics, which included everything from the Route 128 project in Danvers to the new Higgins Middle School project in Peabody. At times, the discussion resembled more of a debate, as Speliotis and readers went back and forth over some local topics that have long been contentious. Speliotis (D-Danvers) has represented the district for 24 years in total, just not consecutively. He is being challenged again this year by Republican Danvers Selectman Dan Bennett. Click here for a full transcript from Wednesday's chat.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Speliotis is chatting live with Patch readers today from noon - 1 p.m.
State Rep. Ted Speliotis (D-Danvers) is running for his ninth consecutive term for the 13th Essex District, which represents Danvers, Ward 6 and Ward 5 Precinct 2 in Peabody and about half of Middleton. Login to the chat with your questions for Speliotis between noon and 1 p.m. A complete transcript will be available afterward.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Ted Speliotis will be chatting live with readers on Oct. 31.
State Rep. Ted Speliotis, who is running for his ninth consecutive term for the 13th Essex District, will join us for a live chat Wednesday. The Danvers Democrat is being challenged again this year by Republican Danvers Selectman Dan Bennett. The format is a question-and-answer session over the course of an hour and readers can weigh in on either Danvers Patch or Peabody Patch. The district includes all of Danvers, Ward 6 and Ward 5 Precinct 2 in Peabody, and about half of Middleton. We'll do our best to get to as many questions as we can in that time. Come to either Danvers Patch or Peabody Patch between noon and 1 p.m. on Oct. 31 to chat with Speliotis. If you know ahead of time that you won't be able to join the chat live on Wednesday, …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Local Democrats and Republicans across Massachusetts discussed Wednesday night's debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney in a live chat on Patch.
In the first presidential debate in Denver, Colorado, President Barack Obama came out flat while Gov. Mitt Romney had some effective arguments, according to local Democrats and Republicans from across Massachusetts who joined in a Patch live chat during the debate on Tuesday night. "Overall, tie goes to Obama," said Democrat Alex Buck. "Romney had a couple good lines, but nothing hugely productive. He looked jittery and possibly his most memorable line was about Big Bird." Reader Tom Sheff added late in the debate, "No defining moment so far, that's for sure." As the debate opened on the economy, Romney took an early upper hand according to the Democrats and Republicans who joined the chat as panelists. "President seemed nervous, and …
Friday, September 28, 2012
The governor, during a live chat with Patch, expressed skepticism about the legalization of medical marijuana, though he sympathized with patients in pain.
Governor Deval Patrick said he would likely vote no on Question Three this fall. During a Thursday live chat with Patch, a reader asked Patrick how he would vote on the ballot question and whether the governor was for or against the legalization of cannabis. "I am not too energized on this issue, personally. California's experience has been mixed. I will probably vote against it. I respect the opposing view, though, especially those whose concern is for people in constant pain," wrote the governor in response. Proponents say medical marijuana will help ease the pain and suffering of cancer patients and other eligible residents. Opponents, meanwhile, say the law is a back door to full legalization, and that medical marijuana can be …
Asked about toll fairness during a Patch live chat, Gov. Deval Patrick asked a reader whether he'd support high-speed tolls. Are these a good way to share the transportation funding pain, or another money grab?
Are high-speed tolls along Interstate 93 and other highways a smart way to help fund transportation in the state? Gov. Deval Patrick mentioned such a system during a Patch live chat on Thursday. If you've gone up Interstate 95 into New Hampshire, you've seen high-speed tolling in action. The system is designed to read your EZ-Pass (formerly Fast Lane) transponder while you breeze by at 65 mph. There's no need to slow down or squeeze though a booth, as EZ-Pass users currently do on the Mass. Pike, Tobin Bridge and harbor tunnels. The chat moved on to other topics, so no details about implementation were offered. What do you think? Would tolls along I-93 offer some fairness to riders in Boston, MetroWest and the North Shore, who all pay …
In a live chat on Patch Thursday, Gov. Deval Patrick said he approves of the extraordinary step of allowing release to defense attorneys of state police interviews with alleged "rogue chemist" Annie Dookhan.
Gov. Deval Patrick took part in a live chat on Patch Thursday. In it, he spoke about the scandal engulfing the state drug lab in Jamaica Plain. That's where so-called "rogue chemist" Annie Dookhan is alleged to have tainted the evidence in as many as 34,000 cases. Thousands of drug dealers behind bars could go free (and some have already been released.) Asked by Patch for a progress report on the mammoth task of dealing with the fallout, here's what the governor said: "The criminal investigation is ongoing. Yesterday, in a very unusual move, prosecutors gave defense attorneys all the notes of state police interviews of witnesses to date, including the notes of the interview of Annie Dookhan, the chemist at the center of this. Given the …